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Japan’s Mizuki Hashimoto rallies to win Girls’s Novice Asia-Pacific

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Mizuki Hashimoto of Japan holed out from the green for eagle that despatched her to a 4-under 68, permitting her to make up a 3-shot deficit and win the Girls’s Novice Asia-Pacific on Saturday to earn spots in two majors.

Hashimoto completed 1 shot forward of Kelsey Bennett of Australia (68) and the Thai duo of Kan Bunnabodee (66) and 54-hole chief Natthakritta Vongtaveelap (72).

Her victory got here one week after Keita Nakajima gained the Asia-Pacific Novice and prolonged a giant yr for golf in Japan. Hideki Matsuyama gained the Masters, Tsubasa Kajitani gained the Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Novice and Mone Inami gained a silver medal within the Olympic ladies’s golf competitors outdoors Tokyo.

Hashimoto completed at 16-under 272 to turn into the second straight Japanese participant to win the Girls’s Novice Asia-Pacific, which started in 2018. Yuka Yasuda gained in 2019, and the occasion was not held final yr due to the pandemic.

The victory earned Hashimoto a spot within the Girls’s British Open and the Evian Championship subsequent yr. She additionally can be invited to play the Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Novice.

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